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Hands off Sinckler

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Hands off Sinckler

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has a challenge on his hands after today’s performance of Finance Minister Chris Sinckler who delivered his first Budget to Barbadians.
Editor Emeritus Harold Hoyte says in his view, it would be unwise for Stuart to “touch” Sinckler after his presentation. “His hands are tied”, he said.
Hoyte is part of a panel on Starcom Network tonight, analyzing the Budget. Others on the panel includes head of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce, Andy Armstrong; economist, Clyde Mascoll; trade unionist, Robert “Bobby” Morris and president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Colin Jordan.
He said in his opinion, Sinckler, performed well.
Hoyte said he also believed there was no General Election in the offing, given the measures presented in Budget. He particularly pointed to the increase in Value Added Tax by 2.5 percentage points.